By Marcus Stephen
New York Times, July 18, 2011
I forgive you if you have never heard of my country.
At just 8 square miles, about a third of the size of Manhattan, and located in the southern Pacific Ocean, Nauru appears as merely a pinpoint on most maps — if it is not missing entirely in a vast expanse of blue.
I am not looking for sympathy, but rather warning you what can happen when a country runs out of options.
I forgive you if you have never heard of Nauru — but you will not forgive yourselves if you ignore our story.
Marcus Stephen is the president of Nauru.